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AUB International Poetry Prize

AUB International Poetry Prize 2022

AUB International Poetry Prize 2022

Arts University Bournemouth's International Poetry Prize is an annual poetry competition that attracts writers aged 16 and over from all across the world.

We're delighted with this second year of the competition. We received over 270 entries from 17 countries, with poets responding to our competition theme of Choice.

Please read our 2022 competition anthology below.

The 2022 AUB International Poetry Prize Digital Anthology was designed by AUB student Keytrin Gyumova and edited by AUB BA (Hons) Creative Writing lecturer Elizabeth Woodgate.

The anthology celebrates all prize-winning and longlisted poems from the competition, judged by Glyn Maxwell, and the work of our BA (Hons) Creative Writing students.



  • End of the Night Shift – Susan E Thomas


  • Liz tells me OnlyFans pays in USD – Perla Kantarjian
  • The Man Who Swims at Night – Elena Croitoru

Highly Commended

  • A Winter Loose With Cruel Dissolve – Phil Cassidy
  • All Clear – Christopher M James
  • Advance Decision – Alison Binney
  • The fever – Ewan Monaghan
  • The Hope of Birds – Clare Starling
  • for the Bayraktar Drone on the night of the Turkish invasion
  • Seven Feet of English – Jonathan Edis
  • Those Who Don't Exist – Sam Szanto
  • Solomon – Jonathan Edwards
  • East Coast Story – Paul Stephenson

Longlisted entries

  • A lesson in rosewood
  • A winter loose with cruel dissolve
  • Adulthood
  • Advance decision
  • All clear
  • An Unreal Feeling
  • At the beginning of the war, my mother buried her laughter
  • Blue
  • But what is privilege
  • Diving into Paint
  • DNR Order, Still Life
  • Dowsing
  • East Coast Story
  • End of the Night Shift
  • Fireflies & Ice Cream
  • For the Bayraktar drone on the night of the Turkish invasion
  • Hold On
  • Infinite Possibilities
  • Kestrel Encounter
  • Learning to Live in the Forest
  • Liz tells me OnlyFans pays in USD
  • Meeting Mr Emmet
  • News from Agnieszka Just Across the Border
  • Nobody held a gun to your head

  • Of Shining Brass and Copper
  • One of these days I’ll do like David Hockney
  • Rehearsal
  • Rite of Passage
  • Seven feet of English
  • Shostakovich’s fifteenth
  • Silent Bells
  • Solomon
  • Strays, Thailand
  • Supreme Atavism
  • The fever
  • The Headcarriers of Seelampur
  • The Hope Of Birds
  • The Labrador Dojo
  • The Man Who Swims at Night
  • The Memory is a Second Grave
  • The right medicine
  • The shrinking of small distant things
  • This is when
  • Those Who Don’t Exist
  • Trigger
  • Thunder Music
  • Warning
  • What a joy it is
  • Whitby
  • Wicked Murk Spoked Edict

Meet the Chair of Judges

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Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell's books of poetry include How The Hell Are You, which was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award; Pluto, which was shortlisted...

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The competition, with its theme of ‘Chance’ is open to writers over the age of 16 from any part of the world and will be judged by...

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The AUB International Poetry Prize 2023 (the "Poetry Prize") is organised by Arts University Bournemouth ("AUB")...